NPMA Names 2009 Women of Excellence Award Recipient

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) today announced Emily Thomas Kendrick, president and chief operating officer of Arrow Exterminators, is this year's recipient of the Women of Excellence Award, presented by Orkin, Inc. The NPMA will recognize Thomas Kendrick at its PestWorld 2009 Convention in Las Vegas October 28.

"The Women of Excellence Award is an important recognition for women pest control professionals," said Rob Lederer, executive vice president for NPMA. "We are extremely proud to extend the award to Emily for her contributions to advance the pest control industry, her company and colleagues."

The selection process for the 2009 Women of Excellence Award was highly competitive, as the international honor was open to women across the pest management profession. In the award's inaugural year, NPMA received a significant number of nominations for talented professionals who demonstrate outstanding leadership and make notable contributions to the development and growth of the profession and other women.

An esteemed and independent judges panel - comprised of professionals with backgrounds in pest control, human resources and other industries - carefully reviewed all nominations and selected Emily Thomas Kendrick as the 2009 award recipient. The judges included: Ellen Dotson, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Tory Johnson, Women for Hire magazine; Rob Lederer, NPMA; Faith Oi, Ph.D., University of Florida; and Jean Seawright, CMC, Seawright & Associates.

A graduate of Vanderbilt University and third-generation pest management professional, Thomas Kendrick leads Arrow, the sixth largest termite and pest control company in the United States, and has aggressive plans to grow the company's business to a projected $200 million in 10 years. She began her career at Arrow in 1998, learning the operations side of the business from several branch offices in metro Atlanta before transitioning into commercial pest control sales. Thomas Kendrick gained experience in Arrow's marketing and IT departments prior to her promotion to chief operating officer in 2003. She assumed her role as president in 2008.

Thomas Kendrick served as a previous member of NPMA's board of directors. She is active in NPMA's Professional Women in Pest Management, an affiliate group created to attract, develop and support women in the pest management industry. She is also a member of the Young Presidents' Organization and serves on the board of directors for Atlanta-based not-for-profits St. Jude's Recovery Center and JumpStart.

"Orkin's support of this award is our way of commending outstanding women professionals in the pest management industry," said Glen Rollins, president and chief operating officer of Orkin, Inc., the presenting sponsor of the annual award. "Emily Thomas Kendrick is an excellent choice, and I am proud of her personally and professionally."

For more information about the NPMA Women of Excellence Award, please visit or contact Dominique Stumpf at or (703) 352-6762.